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Nepal steps up security amid protests, explosions over vote on new constitution

  • A man carries a Nepalese flag as he stands outside his stall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A man carries a Nepalese flag as he stands outside his stall in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nepalese man sits on his motorbike in front of Taleju temple near Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese man sits on his motorbike in front of Taleju temple near Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Nepalese woman sits with a child at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A Nepalese woman sits with a child at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Nepal has been roiled by weeks of protests by Hindus and some ethnic groups who object to the draft constitution, which is expected to be passed Thursday after 10 years of tense efforts since Nepal's centuries-old monarchy was abolished. While pro-democracy demonstrators in 2006 wanted the country be made a secular republic, some now demand it be restored as a Hindu nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Security has been stepped up in Nepal after explosions hit two churches and a police station amid ongoing protests against a draft of the country's new constitution being voted on this week.

Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal says no one was hurt in the church blasts, which happened around midnight Monday in the eastern town of Jhapa. The protests, however, have left 40 people dead over the past month.

Officials boosted security around religious buildings and key infrastructure after lawmakers rejected demands that secular Nepal again be a Hindu nation.

Another blast occurred Tuesday morning after police brought a homemade explosive device to the station. Three officers were injured.

Nepal's Constituent Assembly is expected to finish voting Thursday on the draft of the long-delayed new constitution.